Ogier admits team orders were tough

Sebastien Ogier has talked of his frustration at being on the wrong end of Citroen's team orders on the Jordan Rally last month

Ogier admits team orders were tough

The Citroen Junior Team driver dropped from second place when he was late out of service on the final morning. He collected further penalties when he was sent into the stage ahead of rally leader Sebastien Loeb in an attempt to sweep the surface for his senior team-mate. Ogier ended the event in sixth place.

"It was a very big frustration," said the former Junior champion. "I was fighting for my first victory or to be close and on the podium.

"It was difficult for me to accept, but after a few days I could see that it's important for me to respect the decision and it's quite normal to help the team - it's part of learning. I hope that one day I will be on the good side of the decision."

Ogier is competing on Rally New Zealand this weekend for the first time after Citroen found the budget for him to contest the Auckland-based event.

"I'm very happy to be here, it wasn't part of the original plan. It's like this is a bonus for me," said Ogier. "It's a great pleasure to drive on these roads, they are fantastic."

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